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Cynthia B. Astle

Grassroots UMC

News from local United Methodist congregations

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    Native American Festival Planned for Eclipse Weekend

    Two United Methodist congregations in Illinois are joining forces to host an event that will combine solar eclipse watching with Native American spirituality, according to The Southern.com. Eclipses are sacred events to Native Americans, because they represent a connection to the Creator, said the Rev. Danira Parra, pastor of Dayspring Native American United Methodist Church in East Peoria, Ill. She contacted the Rev. Ed Hoke of Little Grassy United Methodist Camp about bringing members of her congregation down for a worship service during the eclipse, since Illinois is near the path of greatest totality. The two pastors organized a Native American Festival starting at noon Aug. 19 and continuing until about 11 a.m. Aug. 21. For more information see the Illinois Great Rivers Conference website at www.igrc.org/festival or www.littlegrassycamp.org more

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    United Methodist Mechanics Fix Cars for Free

    "Behind the sanctuary of McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church in Powder Springs, Ga., is a different kind of church building," reports UMC.org. "A large barn has been converted into a car repair shop where David McCoy and volunteers found their call to ministry. The Car Care Ministry repairs and donates vehicles to people in need while also offering Christian fellowship and prayer." Watch the video. more

  • Skybacher Ministries Uses Sports to Reach Youngsters

    Skybacher Ministries uses sports to give young people a connection to competition, teamwork, self-growth, and God, reports the Times Online of Beaver, Pa. The ministry is based at Unionville United Methodist Church in New Sewickley Township, and serves young people throughout Beaver County. Skybacher was founded by John Mohrbacher, who operates the ministry with wife Kristie. more